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>>> on our broadcast tonit, after the unthinkable in newtown. the first of the young victims are laid to rest. tonight, w >>> on our broadcast tonight, after the unthinkable in newtown. the first of the young victims are laid to rest. tonight, what we now knoabout what happened there, and some surprising voices today calling for tougher gun laws. >>> plus, making a difference. this evening, an outpouring of kindness for a community shouldering an unbearable loss. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. the wave of sadness and national reflection continues tonight as reality set in a bit today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest today after the president's visit there last night. while we learn more today about these victims and sadly more information about the gunman, his possible plans and schemes and this awful thing he carried out. and so to start off our reporting on a monday night after such a sad weekend in this country, we go back to
is happening in newtown, connecticut, it's about an hour away from hartford, connecticut, the capital of that state. right now what we know, 9:41, a call for police according to what we're hearing from state police, they said they got a call from newtown police and they have sent state police to that scene. 9:57, a reverse 911 call went out. we'll go back to wvit where their reporter liz dahl reporting just moments ago what was happening on the ground. >> this is a photo just in to our newsroom of students being evacuated in the last hour or so from sandy hook elementary school. looking at that, that's a snapshot in time literally. it looks like it was done in a fairly orderly fashion. and for the sake of the kids, it doesn't look like it was done in a way where there will be a residual emotional effect. what you want to do is give them the sense that everything is under control. >> we're talking about kindergartners to first graders, we're talking about very young children. investigators did go room by room to evacuate the school to make sure that these kids are out. >> let's go back
>>> coming up, you're going to hear from a sunday schoolteacher here in newtown, who's trying to help her young students deal with this tragedy. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is steve. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the market, he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> that was robbie parker talking about his daughter emilie who was 6 years old, she died on saturday. the family meeting tonight with president obama at the school. from the president of the united states, friends or houses of worship here, members of this community are seeking solace all weekend. this morning, some of the children survived the shooting, went to sunday school just like they did every
, first, here's the latest from newtown, connecticut. authorities say all of the children, first graders, 6 or 7 years old, were shot multiple times. the six adult victims were all women. police say they have good evidence about the suspect, adam lanza, that may explain why he carried out the massacre. and, president obama will speak at a vigil sunday evening, at the local high school. and, meet with the families of the victims. for more on the investigation we turn to fox news correspondent mike tobin in newtown. mike? >> reporter: good morning, chris. people here are flocking to the churches, once again, to mourn and try to comprehend the incomprehensible. as we learn more of the horrible details of what happened here. details from the medical examiner, gruesome. lives ended with multiple gunshot wounds at close range. many of those lives just getting started. 8 little boys and 12 little girls, six and 7 years old. >> i have been at this for a third of a century and my sensibilities may not be the average man's but this is probably the worst i have seen, the worst... that i know of any
institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> president obama it is in newtown, conn. tonight. according to the white house, he has been meetings with the families of the victims of the school shooting. he is expected to be the final speaker at an interfaith vigil this evening. we will have live coverage right here on c-span. we will take a look at some comments from this morning about what the government should do to prevent more shootings. >> we have the same courtesy of the newseum. "day of grieving." the employees of the school, all women. the children all around the ages of six or seven. more shooting victims. residents gather to find comfort and pray. and national newspapers also digging into the story. the new york times saying -- victims there, white and friends with a background. there is a detail of how teachers helped students three crisis. other articles looking at the alleged killer and the victim's. and another story today -- "the justice department shows ideas about background checks." at after the shooting of gabrielle giffords and others of a su
defiant restriction in the wake of the newtown, connecticut, shootings. instead, the nra is calling forearmed security guards at every school, every school in the country. cnn's tom foreman is joining us now. you were at that speech that wayne lap ichlt erre gave announcing the reaction of what happened a week ago today. tell our viewers how it went. >> well, as you know, they kept a very low profile but today they came out to say they had some things to say and they sure did. despite protesters, the president and public opinion increasingly pushing against the gun lobby, the national rifle association sent a sharp message to wayne la pierre. no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> in a wide-ranging statement, lapierre condemned the shootings in connecticut and other places but accused congress of relying on armed guards in congress while calling other actions inappropriate elsewhere. >
selling assault weapons as children across newtown, connecticut,once again get back on their buses and head to school. >>> massive storms out west creating a mess for travelers. how you can make it to your holiday. >>> escape. a tv reporter is free tonight. >>> and standing together. an offer of strangers off kindness, from comforting dogs to a touch of christmas. >>> good evening. there were signs all across the country today that a lot of americans are turning on the companies which profit from selling assault weapons. four days of 26 children and their teachers were gunned down at an elementary school, some have announced they want no part of the sale of high powered guns. and the president today, with the action he is going to take. we heard from the first time from the powerful national rifle association says they want to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again. chris cuomo with more on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change grow. just today,
. >>> to the people of newtown, we are with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, "as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community." mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today, "i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson." in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago there was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his communi
] >> america is pausing to remember the newtown shooting victims. church bells rang out friday exactly one week after the tragedy. flags remained at half staff. many websites even went dark. people all over the country observed a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 educators. today there is a walk for peace in newtown, and three more children will be laid to rest. ana grace marquez-green, who lost to count and sing. josephine grace gay, who celebrated her 7th birthday. and emilie alice parker. lots of backlash for the nra for their statement friday. gabby and i are extremely disappointed by the nra's defiant suppose. they could have chosen to be a voice for the own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms. but instead it chose to defend extreme pro gun positions that aren't even popular among the law-abiding gun owners it represents. the national rifle association is speaking out on the massacre, saying the answer is to deploy armed guards at schools. and they're not the only ones joining the debate. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> tucson. >> aurora. >>
is going to be like. >> the tragedy in newtown has many people wondering how they can help those who are impacted. so we put a list together of charitable organizations on our website. just visit cnn.com/impact. you can help. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon in newtown, connecticut. don? >>> hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. don lemon is standing by in newtown, connecticut, where we'll check in with him here momentarily. but the story this week, it just breaks your heart to see there, these funerals going on for these itty-bitty children here, two more young victims being laid to rest today. services for 6-year-old jessica rekos were held at st. rose of lima catholic church there in town. as her relatives grieve, they are also trying to help her brother travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. he wants to know where is his best friend. we found out jessica loved horses. she loved watching horse movies, drawing horses. apparently she asked santa claus this christmas for a new pair of cow girl boots. also t
to congress. one week after the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut, communities across the nation and around the world pay tribute to the victims. and the national rifle association speaks out for the first time since the attack. it proposes a controversial plan to prevent similar mass shootings. let's go out front. >>> good evening, everybody. i am soledad o'brien in forever inburnett tonight. out front this evening, lowering expectatio expectations, just ten days until we fall off the fiscal cliff and no deal in site. tonight president obama urged congress to broker a scaled down deal. >> i just speak to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days a asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> yesterday the house speaker john boehner failed to garner enough support from his own party to even hold a vo
. >> pelley: good evening. the funerals began today. two of the children killed in newtown, connecticut, on friday have been laid to rest. mourners leaving the service for six-year-old noah pozner were heir to keep his memory in their hearts, but hearts are strained to breaking by the senseless ftss. ts makeshift memorials, parents held their children and tried to comprehend 20 first graders murdered at sandy hook elementary school along with the six staff members who tried to save them. tonight we know more about how it happened and we have a team of correspondents on this tragedy. elrst we'll go to jim axelrod. >> reporter: at 1:00 this afternoon, the first two funerals began: one in newtown, the other 25 miles away. this woman spoke for many. >> you shouldn't be at a six- year-old's funeral. i mean, it's a devastating event and it's heart breaking and it keeps getting more heart breaking. >> reporter: six-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a kind, caring, slightly mischevious boy who'd been looking forward to a buddy's birthday party on saturday. six-year-old jack pinto was descri
for teacher &pvictoria soto, hailed as a hero for sacrificing herseef toosave her students.in newtown, connecttcut, jennifer we've also learned of a maryland coonectionnto the connecticuu chool tragedy. josephineegaa had just - celebrated her ssventh biithday three days before she pas killed in the shooting. she's the daughter of obert gay.... who is a 19-78 graauate f calvertthhll high school. . 3 another scare at city schoools..... this time aa student brandishing a knife. knife. -3 3 school police say theestudent pas banning on the ddor of new hope academy in west baatimore... and theatening a -3 classmate whill holding the knife. adminssrators refused to let himmin.... and called police, but the ssudent fled the cene.tonight school police say they are coosidering possible charges. 3 and police continue to investigate a stabbing inside &pa balitmore city school. it happeneddat "national academy foundatton prep middle school" a oman carrying akk and balloons... was buzzed into thh building... to suurrise her sister.buu instead of thh 211yea
have kids the same age, 30, 40 minutes away from newtown in elementary school in a town very similar. this hit very close to home for us and for a lot of people. >> you know, based on that point, if it can happen in newtown and it can happen anywhere, in a small rural community and haggerstown, maryland, an idyllic community, town of 30,000, just likes newtown, and people are mourning and weeping as they mourn for the teachers at sanry hook elementary school. >> just when you think you can be composed and keep it together and maybe the tears will have stopped, they put out the names and ages of the victims and even not knowing them, but just to read through their names and their ages is just wretching. we will show you some of their names now, the victims, there were 12. we'll show them later to you, basically 20 children and younger than we thought, remember that president obama and his first report that they were between five and ten years old. they were really just six and seven years old, all of them and it's also to know, we didn't know at the time, what close range they were ki
in newtown, connecticut. today, we'll remember the victims. we'll also go in depth on where the investigation stands, and talk with dr. sanjay gupta and drew pinsky, about what medical science has learned about the mind of a killer. we'll also look ahead of where do we go from here? especially when it comes to the right to bear arms in the united states, and what president obama called the nation's epidemic of gun violence. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. we begin our special edition of "the situation room" by focusing in on the search for answers. why? why would a 20-year-old man kill his mother, then gun down 20 children and six adults at the sandy hook elementary school before taking his own life? why? police are not the only ones pouring over the evidence, exploring answers. medical investigators are all over this case as well. let's go to our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. he is joining us now. now, sanjay, you have been taking a very close look, potentially at the mind of a killer. >> yeah, and that question, why
but they have removed an ad out of respect for the loss in newtown. the ad was for an assault rifle used in the massacre. now, we called today. not everybody called us back. but it doesn't end. we are are going to keep coming back to companies. and everybody says they want to make a difference to see what they actually intend to do. >> as we know, 17 years or more, police chiefs, police unions have been asking for help on assault weapons. is the nra statement something new? does it represent a change? do we know? >> we can't know. it's intentionally vague. they have a press conference scheduled for friday. they want to make contributions to make sure it doesn't happen again. but you cannot under estimate the intensity of the passion of gun ownership in this country. and in is the nra's constituency. >> we will see what they say friday. thank you, chris. >>> and friday has been set aside as a day of mourning across connecticut. today, the children from newtown schools showed how resilient they are, the single act getting on the school bus. smiling from the windows and reaching out for a h
now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of newtown, connecticut, have begun holding the first of many kernels for the 27 victims killed in friday's shooting rampage at sandy hook elementary school. on monday, noah pozner and jack pinto, 06 years old, were laid to rest in small caskets. more funerals are slated today including two more 6-year-old victim's, james mattioli and jessica rekos. at the white house, president obama convened a meeting with top officials to discuss ways to respond to the newtown massacre, including potential proposals for gun control. pressed for details, white house press secretary jay carney reduced offer any specifics on how obama plans to address the nation's gun violence. >> is a complex problem that will require a complex solution. no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem. >> in the aftermath of the newtown massacre, a number of pro-and lawmakers are signaling a new willingness to soften opposition to restrictions on weapons. senator joe manchin of west virginia, a longtime advoc
in that community, certainly not used to something like this, occurring in a neighborhood like newtown. this is a place where people move intentionally to raise their children, for the school system, for the adorable throw-back community, for that essence of what everyone wants their children to experience that, true small-town feeling, where hundreds and hundreds of people will show up at a community church to grieve and join together and to work towards repair. >> greta: thank you. this mass murder investigation stretching from connecticut to new jersey. tonight, we learn the killer's brother has been taken in for questioning in hoboken, sort of voluntarily -- not taken into custody. that's where we have anna coyman, standing by live. what you can tell me about the brother and the questioning? >> reporter: we are standing in front of his home, 24-year-old ryan, the brother of the alleged shooter. i can actual, less than an hour ago, police rolled up their tape. it had been blocking the entrance of the building, which was surrounded earlier this afternoon. we hear from a reliable fede
who is with the latest. who is the killer. >> we know his name adam lanza and lived in newtown, connecticut with his mother nancy who was shot dead in her bed in her home that shared with the shooter. he took her car and at least three weapons and maybe more. glock and hour and m-4 assault rifle ask went to the school where his mother worked as a substitute teacher and got through security and went to two room one area of the school and began to shoot children and adultings. he shot 20 kids. 18 died at the scene and two in the hospital died. he shot six adults including the principal and took his own life has police got to the school. >> is there any report on what high was saying or anything peculliar about him. >> a six year old boy said the shooter came in and shot the teacher and the boy ran out and that shooter didn't say a sandwich word. we heard from the shooter's brother that he was learning disabled and may have been autistic. >> and the mother was supposed to teach today? >> we don't know that either. we know that the young man woke up this morning at home and shot hi
will be here in newtown in a few hours and meet with the victims' families and will speak at an interfaith vigil at 7:00 p.m. eastern. joining me now, two connecticut lawmakers richard bloomenle that and congressman and senator-elect chris murphy whose district includes newtown. let me start with the past couple days for you all. i know you have talked to some of these families who understandably don't want to be out in public except for when they choose to. we did see one father go out. can you tell us as silly as this may seem how are they holding up? what's sustaining them at this point? >> i don't think that one word or one sentence or one description will fit all of them. they are as diverse probably as they are human beings. i can tell you this community has demonstrated its strength and resilience and resolve in coming together. we were at church service this morning, which was so moving in its statement of grief but also coming together and bonding and staying strong. i don't think i will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that i saw at the firehouse on that day and as a paren
of the united states on friday, choked back tears. this is a very sad day, of raw emotion here in newtown, connecticut, as families begin burying the children killed in the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school right down the road from where we are right now. we're watching all of this unfold, and the pain is clearly, clearly evident. while every day here in new town is sad, today, it's especially, it's especially sad. this afternoon, the first funerals were held for victims of the elementary school massacre. connecticut's governor, you just saw him here, he attended one of the services today, and he summed it up this way, and i'm quoting him, you see little coffins and your heart starts to ache. as this town and the nation tries to come to grips with this huge, huge tragedy, the investigation is focusing in on the question why. some of the answers may come from a computer found in the home where the gunman, adam lanza, lived with his mother. cnn's national correspondent deborah feyerick is keeping track of the latest developments. she's joining us now live with more. what are you
newtown, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this really difficult and incomprehensible time. but be assured that as a member of congress, i'm going to work with you, i'm going to continue to pray with you, and i'm going to make certain that this doesn't happen again because we have an obligation, we know what our to-do list is and we have only to do it before year's end and with that i yield. . mr. murphy: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i have been to newtown, connecticut, and it's less than an hour's drive from my congressional district. we mourn all the people who lost their lives on friday, including 20 elementary school children and six educators. over the past few years, we have seen innocent lives lost to gun violence in a supermarket parking lot in arizona, a movie theater in colorado, an army base in texas, a college campus in virginia and now an elementary school in connecticut. the weapons have spawned these tragedies and long past time that we control them. the s
're coming from newtown, connecticut, a town that for a week now has felt much longer than seven days has been heavy under grief and also full of love and full of resolve to remember the lives cut far too short. we wanted to come back to newtown tonight not to argue or point fingers but to honor and to remember the 12 little girls, the eight little boys, six dedicated women who died at sandy hook elementary school one week ago today. today here in newtown at 9:30 in the morning bells rang out for each of those lives lost, the mothers and the daughters, the sons and the nieces and the nephews and the brothers and the sisters and the friends. we will remember them. [ bell tolling ] >>> for the next hour we'll hear from family members because they want a voice and we want to give it to them, a voice to tell us about their children and how wonderful they were and how special they were and we don't want to focus just on how they died but how they lived and the lives they touched and they touch so many lives. we'll hear from the mcdonald family that graciously invited me into their home to tell
" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from newtown, connecticut. >> pelley: good evening. the bodies of most of the children killed this morning remain inside sandy hook elementary school tonight, along with the bodies of six adults and the gunman himself. the fire house behind me, decorated for christmas, is where terrorized parents came to find out whether their children were among the living or the dead. some of the victims were as young as five years old. president obama said today what everyone is thinking: we have been through this too many times. sandy hook is a k-4 elementary school with about 700 students. >> somebody came in to the room and shot a teacher. that's all i know. sorry. >> pelley: parents rushed to the school after getting robocalls that there had been a shooting. at 9:30 this morning police say a gunman, identified as 20-year-old adam lanza, opened fire in a kindergarten classroom where his mother was the teacher. some of her students were among the 20 children killed. in all, 26 people were killed at the school, including the school principal. the police say the gunma
made a decision. but the now of newtown will never be the same and an entire nation grieves for families in a small town. we'll take you inside of the investigation . >> we are holding both crime scenes. let anda a secondary crime screen. >> they are working athe knock to clex the weapons used that they want to know where those weapons. every one is examing for the. nthey includes another and thigh are interviewing are fortunately have to include the children from the school that survived the shooting. there are many, many witnesses that need to be interviewed. authorities are saying they had no contact with adam lanza and he was not a known criminal in newtown, connecticut. >> there was no connection school or school here. nand investigators said that adam lanza drove to the school and had four guns in the coor carry three of them in the school. we'll do everything tatakes to uncover the evidence and conduct interviews and paint a clear picture as to how and why this tragedy occurred. >> a live update and the investigation from connecticut state police. fox news corresponda
we will be live for you in newtown, connecticut with more from the president. >> peter: there is new information on the shooter his mother and what their relationship tells us about a possible motive. >> brian: i little girl played dead to save her own life. her store tore straight ahead. fox and friends starts right now. >> peter: welcome, folks, it is monday morning and fox and friends. the president was at the innerfaith service in connecticut. the governor said that friday was the hardest, toughest day of his presidency. today it continues with two of the little boys laid to rest. >> brian: if you saw the speech, you could see he was having a tough time. even though he's done it four times it is not easier it is getting harder. he sees his kids in those kids as all of us do. >> gretchen: even if you are not a parent you feel the horribleness. this is a trying day with many more to come. ahead in new ton, the first funerals will be held for the youngest victim. noah posner turned 6 last month. his twin sister escaped. jack pinto may be buried in his jint -- giant jersey. joining u
of newtown, connecticut. the people of connecticut can relate to these victims of the assault and all americans can relate to some extent this crime that's occurred. at this elementary school. madam speaker, i have four kids and 10 grandkids, three of my daughters are teachers by profession. my wife is a first grade elementary school teacher. and no parent, no parent ever wants to bury their child. they just don't want to do that. we never want our children to die in their youth. like these children did. so, madam speaker, we mourn with the families of connecticut. we must honor the victims in our prayers and in our words and ask the good lord to bless them, their families, the people of connecticut and yes, our country. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of c
begin with the search for a motive. it is clear friday's shooting in newtown, connecticut can have no rational explanation. the act itself is the definition of insanity. still at this hour, investigators are work to unravel the sequence of events that ended with a man killing his own mother, driving to an elementary school and murdering 26 innocent children and adults before committing suicide. right now it's all still a puzzle. but investigators are working to assemble it. law enforcement source tells the associated press teams are going through the short's computer and checking phone and credit card records in an attempt to figure out what he was doing and what he was thinking in the days and weeks before this attack. >> we did seize significant evidence at the residence. we are analyzing and will analyze. it's a very pain-staking process. >> a spokesman says the shooter took classes at community college when he was 16 years old. apparently did well. an intelligent young man by all accounts. on friday, something went very wrong in his head. police say he murdered his mother while
>>> the president is ow with a plan to prevent another newtown and residents have a plan of their own. rob cox will show us how they are working to honor the littlest angels. >> speaker boehner lays down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working
morning. i wouldn't want to. >> newtown is slowly trying to return to normal. some schools other than sandy hook reopened for the first time since the shooting. buses carrying children drove on to school grounds. the buses had green and white ribbons on the front. sandy hook scholars. but police kept one elementary school closed as a caution after they received threats. >> we will always be worried. >> reporter: children at sandy hook have not yet returned to school. when they do it will be at a school to the nearby town of monroe. in newtown, connecticut, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> investigators say the gunman, 20-year-old adam lanza, had fired guns at shooting ranges during the past several years, but there was no evidence he did so recently as practice for the rampage. >>> well, of course everyone is asking what can we do to stop these mass killings. wjz's complete coverage continues. adam may with more on the calls to improve mental health care. adam. >> today's experts in that field say if we do not do more to improve mental health care in this country another scho
cincinnati newtown, we're hearing from chlt nra. >> and look out below. a landslide takes out a freight train. a camera captures the whole thing. look at that. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's nice to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, systemic failures at the state department. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice a
's chris palone near the scene with the latest. >> reporter: at the hour in newtown, connecticut, people are starting to gather in at least three local churches holding prayer vigils for the victims' families. police say it could take up to two more days to identify all the victims and collect all the clues at the elementary school here near me. the big question on everyone's mind tonight is why? imaginable horror. more than a dozen elementary schoolchildren brutally murdered by a gunman who walked into a school and opened fire. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene. there were two children transported to area hospital, pronounced dead at the hospital. there were six adults that were pronounced dead at the scene. >> reporter: frantic parents rushed back to the school, desperate for any information about their children. >> we just ran like every other parent and we found out we couldn't get to the school. >> i drove from work. i work in bridgeport. i drove back up here. it was the longest drive of my life, it was really hard not knowing. >> reporter: teachers barricaded t
and caliber ol the one used in the school shootings in connecticut. the newtown shootings and yesterday's ambush have fueled the debate over gun control. but while that debate intensifies, something else is spiking-- gun sales. chip reid has a look. >> at gun shows across the nation this past weekend, people stood in line hoping to get eheir hands on an a.r.-15, the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. there's been a run on a.r.-15s at gun stores, too. rick friedman owns r.t.s.p. in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i've sold 30 in the last three days. >> reporter: the reason he says is clear. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally hefore they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, t
you had no idea? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: back in newtown, connecticut, the community is shining bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditi
even one tiny iota of the courage that the teachers, the principal in newtown showed on friday. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he
friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all the
are laid to rest. >> hi, i'm kia jackson. fearful students return to schools in newtown, connecticut. randall reports for wjz. one elementary school was force to close because of threats. >>> the coffin carrying the body of james left the church as family and friends hugged each other. his family described him as a numbers guy who loved math and recess. >>> soon after the little boy's funeral, the scene was repeated. mourners gathered at the same church to say good-bye to jessica rekos. who loved horses and whales. >>> one for teacher victoria soto who has been called a hero for shielding students from the gunman. >> the memorials for the 20 students and 6 teachers grow each other. well wishers are coming to pay their respects. some lit candles. other put ornaments on christmas trees. many wonder how the families will get through the holidays. >> that's where my heart goes out to. i can't imagine having to wake up christmas morning. i wouldn't want to. >> newtown is slowly trying to return to normal. other schools reopened for the first time. the buses had green and white ribbons on
to know about newtown. we'll see you later, everybody. "happening now" continues our coverage now. jon: we continue with brand-new stories and even breaking news. jenna: police vowing to examine every single bullet found at scene at the massacre at sandy hook elementary school. no better understanding of what caused the killer to commit this crime. a live update an hour from now. we'll take you there. a horrible seen in kansas, two police officers shot, both of them killed in a dramatic standoff with the suspect. the very latest on that. also we are set to get details from an independent report on the terrorist attack in libya, four americans murdered at the u.s. consulate there, so many questions still about security and the administration's handling of the aftermath. those stories and breaking news as we get it all "happening now." jon: as we begin on this monday there are new developments to tell you about in the aftermath of the connecticut school massacre. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna leave. the country as bill and martha were just talking about struggli
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